U.S. Commerce Department Unveils Details of CHIPS Act
- September 7, 2022
- Posted by: Quatro Strategies
- Category: Legislation
Biden signed the U.S. CHIPS and Science Act into law on Aug. 9, marking a victory for his administration after a months long battle ended with broad bipartisan support. Still, there had been criticism over where exactly would the $50 billion funding go. The U.S. Department of Commerce finally detailed some of those plans, outlining where that funding will be used in its guideline. It reiterated the legislation’s key targets, and underlines that the money will be focused on getting the U.S. back on track with domestic semiconductor production, building a back-stock of chips and creating jobs.
To be eligible for funding, the company must produce chips in the United States. That includes constructing and operating those factories domestically.
More specifically, $39 billion will go toward developing domestic manufacturing, $28 billion of which will arrive as incentives for manufacturers to design next generation chips. Separately, $11 billion is focused on R&D programs. That includes the establishment of the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC), which the Commerce Department describes as a public-private entity, which will bring together companies, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation to design and prototype chips.
“Rebuilding America’s leadership in the semiconductor industry is a down payment on our future as a global leader. CHIPS for America will ensure continued U.S. leadership in the industries that underpin our national security and economic competitiveness. Under President Biden’s leadership, we are once again making things in America, revitalizing our manufacturing industry after decades of disinvestment and making the investments we need to lead the world in technology and innovation.” Commerce Secretary Raimondo stated.
According to the guideline, the Department of Commerce has identified four strategic goals for the CHIPS for America Fund:
- Invest in U.S. production of strategically important semiconductor chips, particularly those using leading-edge technologies.
- Assure a sufficient, sustainable, and secure supply of older and current generation chips for natural security purposes and for critical manufacturing industries.
- Strengthen U.S. semiconductor research and development leadership to catalyze and capture the next set of critical technologies, applications, and industries.
- Grow a diverse semiconductor workforce and build strong communities that participate in the prosperity of the semiconductor industry.
The Department emphasizes in the report that these objectives go beyond supporting the construction of a few semiconductor manufacturing facilities, also known as “fabs.”
“Over the long term, the CHIPS for America Fund must enable and sustain a vibrant domestic industry that supports quality jobs, a diverse workforce, and a robust supplier base of large and small firms, while revitalizing high-volume semiconductor manufacturing, renewing U.S. strengths in design, materials, and process innovation, and benefiting the broader economy. Achieving these goals will require new thinking and partnerships from policymakers and the private sector to unlock the productive capacity of industry, workers, and communities.” the report further suggests.
The Department also highlights that it is imperative to engage and cooperate with stakeholders throughout the implementation of the CHIPS program.
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